Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

I was in church listening to the sermon a the topic was power in the name of Jesus. Now in truth, I think I normally think of the topic as a prideful cliché. Almost like something I would hear on a bad movie. Such as, “I expel you, you satan in the name of Jezzzus”!

The comedy and secularism in our society has really made a mockery of the faith and the power of my Saviors name. And he has many. For this post I will just focus on Jesus.

I would say though that it is partly my fault. I had to stop and think, ” When was the last time I mentioned to anyone the name of Jesus and the power of faith in his name”?

As an example, in Acts 3, the text speaks of Peter and John healing the crippled beggar in the name of Jesus Christ.

When jailed and brought to the high priest and authorities, Peter and John again proclaimed, ” In the name of Jesus Christ”!, when asked by what power or name did you provide this healing.

Now I know  there are many more examples and there is a little more detail to the story. I would urge you to read for yourself because I am no Pastor or theologian.  But I say to you and myself, say his name!

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Bad, Homophobic Sweaters: On Demonizing the Salvation Army « In Our Words.

I am a Salvation Army adherent. I believe I am called to serve the poor, hungry, abused, and marginalized. That is why I came to worship and that is why I stay.

I also believe the mainstream Christian churches views on same-sex relationships are outdated and do not follow the most basic Christian rule.

That being love.

I refuse to believe my God does not look in favor at loving, monogamous relationships regardless of sexual orientation.

There is too much pain in this world. Too many homeless, hungry, addicted, enslaved, and lost.  Please know I will do my best to serve you.

How you are. Who you are.

With love and grace in Christ.

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 John Chis ham does not preach a 1/2 bad sermon. He really should listen to it a few times.

John is your typical “Fire and Brimstone” type preacher in a sense. His intensity is pretty off the hook. If emergents spread their views with this much vigor, there might not be as much hurt in this world. Maybe a few more kids would be alive. But lets move on, Shall we?

His preaching topic is that Christians do not have to become Jews to become Christians. They have no need to follow the old Jewish  laws, one being circumcision, to follow Christ. He makes reference to the Pharisees  who  demanded the old laws be followed as well as the modifications they came up with. All in the name of doing more pleasing works for God.

The problem is, neither John or Paul could make up their mind. Because in different conversations, both Paul and John Chis ham continue to follow and preach the old law. At the same time preaching the new.

I don’t think you can have it both ways. But somehow John and Paul think we can.

So John, listen to your sermon.  Be blessed. Who knows, your heart might be in the right place. It could happen!

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I think we all like to feel somehow as righteous. I think we, as humans, like to feel we win.  Christians, we  push people away with politics.

My opinion of the real reason is that there is no right answer. None.

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism it’s just the opposite.- John Kenneth Galbraith

The politics of man are so polluted with envy, despair, pride, anger, and negative emotion. Our smug feeling of

  •  I’m right, you are wrong.
  • You must not be a Christian if you are a ___________ .
  • You must not understand scripture if you think ___________.
  • You must be stupid or evil if you think _____________ .

These feelings and statements do NOT bring persons to Christ.

They are not Christ like.  Your politics are not Christ’s teachings.

Because, they are not true. There is always grey in your black and white. They are of man. Not of God. And why do you think I say this?

Because they cause strife and separation within the children of God.

The souls we miss and the lives not touched by Christ through our pride. We will answer. I will answer.

Can we answer for less? Do the lost deserve more? Do we?

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I love to tag surf and sometimes I run across a gem. This time I think I have ran across a diamond!

I have to say, this is almost stealing, but I want to add on this young ladies blog.

I think Christ would have said “Hakuna Matata” to the 12 if they had the word back then.

I would have loved to hear him say ” Hakuna Matata” to the grumblers for healing on the Sabbath.

And I think Christ would want us to dance like we do with our kids and grand kids to old Lion King sons.

Have church and dance in worship! ” Hakuna Matata” means ” There are no worries” Praise God for that!

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Anyone like this old song. “Like A Prayer” by Madonna   Catchy little number?  I think it’s more about boobs than God.  With so many things we do, I do not think our Lord was pleased.

Papa really , really did need to preach a lil more!  Ha~ Could not help it.

Another one I found in the back of the grey matter. “Pray” MC Hammer  Much better and Yes, I did like that on back in the day.  Well, actually, I still do!

But what happens when we ask someone to pray or when we offer prayer.  In truth, I say quite a few of us shame God.  Dilute prayer to something petty, un respected, weak even.  Lastly, displeasing and disrespectful to God.

Now before you pass me off as the holier than thou type, please know I am guilty of it myself. And since I at least think I write about things identifiable to me, here we are.

So here’s the rub.  My opinion is twofold.

  1. We sometimes offer prayer as a cop out.  Because it is easier and takes no money out of the wallet.  It makes us feel good and we can be relatively certain that no one will call us on it.  I mean , few will question the sincerity of the person offering prayer and very few would want to question the power of God once prayed upon.
  2. We rarely pray for all those requesting or in need anyway.  I don’t carry a notebook and I can’t tell you how many times I have asked about I phone aps for prayer lists.  ( OK , well, I think it was 3 times.  I got no responses. )  Does anyone really remember all that stuff?  Am I the only bad person here?  I pray not ( just joshing you )

So I think we are doing God a huge disservice.  By offering a prayer as a shield to keep your hands clean or wallet fat is an offence to God and the needy.  People need help.  Arms and legs.  Shoulders to cry on.  Food for their kids.

Not lazy prayers for God to fix things we can handle.  We pray for illness to leave but, do we check in on them.  Ask how they are doing?  Visit?  Did you even remember to pray?

My final point is this.  Get dirty.  Get honest.  Get Godly.  And when it comes to prayer, Get in or shut up.

And again, the shame is mine as well.  Pray for me?

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